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Treatment of Renovascular Hypertension by Transluminal Renal Artery Dilatation

FELIX MAHLER, M.D.; ALEX KRNETA, M.D.; and MICHAEL HAERTEL, M.D.
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Inselspital; Bern, Switzerland


Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(1):56-57. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-90-1-56
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Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty has proved valuable in the treatment of atherosclerotic occlusive disease of femoral and iliac arteries (1, 2). The application of this technique has recently been extended to the coronary arteries (3), and we have developed a method for transluminal dilatation of renal artery stenoses. We report here the case of a patient whose hypertension appears to have been cured by this technique.

A 50-year-old woman was admitted to hospital in 1977 because of hypertension. In July her blood pressure was 240/120 mm Hg, and methyldopa therapy, 750 mg daily, was started. At examination her blood pressure was

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